Brain implant removal, and Nvidia’s AI payoff

Leggett told researchers that she “has become one” with her device. It helped her control the violent, unpredictable seizures she often experienced and allowed her to take charge of her own life. So she was devastated when, two years later, she was told she had to have the implant removed because the company that made it went bankrupt.

Ethologists said in a paper published earlier this month that the removal of this and other similar organs could represent a violation of human rights. And the problem will only become more pressing as the market for brain implants grows in the coming years and more people receive devices like Leggett’s. Read full story.

—Jessica Hamzelou

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